The Scientific Revolution of the sixteenth and seventeenth century was forged through the curiosity of scientists like Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo (to name a few). We can thank these men for their colossal imaginations as they ventured into a world of science that had never truly been analyzed before. Going above and beyond, literally, these scientists used their skills to look beyond the realm of normal science. Until this point, the Church controlled most of the scientific theories and did their best to dictate the lives of their followers. It was only until scientists began to study the world around us in an attempt to uncover our true place in this elaborate universe. To be fair, not all of these men were correct in their discoveries, and in fact, many of them were completely off base. Yet, their work ethic and courage to study something new inspired scientists everywhere. Periodically, scientists were coming out with theories that denounced those of the past and even proposed ideas of the future. Not every one would turn out to be fact, but that was not the point. Scientists were diving into a new field of study causing excitement and curiosity, which in turn, led to more scientists, theories, and eventually, true facts that help dictate our world even to this day.

Although Copernicus was not the first to propose the heliocentric model of a Sun centered solar system, his name is rarely not used in the same sentence as ‘heliocentric model’. His persistence and commitment to his studies allowed him to uncover the truth (mostly), and his legacy lives on because of this. Copernicus refused to believe the proposed idea of the geocentric model of the universe. He very easily could have simply accepted the theory for what it was and moved on to something new. Instead, like all great scientists, Copernicus tested the limits and explored new truths, which as a whole, embodies what the Scientific Revolution was all about. It was a time of question and exploration into new ideas and new theories. Studies were beginning to poke the surface of science that had never even been researched before. The idea of expanding and exploring new ideas inspired scientists everywhere to go beyond the realm of established Church ideals and philosophies. It is as if a new found love for science emerged during the period of the Scientific Revolution. Pushing, refuting, and contradicting one another was the only way for scientists to uncover the truth and eliminate false theories. This passion and commitment to success was born during the sixteenth century, and science has been benefitting from it ever since.